Typhoon Ravages Philippines

Josiah Adams, Reporter

On November 7, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines. With 15 ft high waves, and winds up to 3.5 times stronger than hurricane Katrina, the typhoon is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in modern times.

The super typhoon has caused widespread destruction throughout the Philippines, and estimates of a 70-80% infrastructure destruction rate are being projected for the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar. More disturbing is the death toll which stands at 2,357 as of November 14th. And that number is expected to rise significantly with an estimate of 10,000 deaths in the city of Tacloban alone.

Thousands are injured, and over 2 million victims are in need of food, water, and other humanitarian aid. Many countries are sending aid to the Philippines, but debris and the high demand of goods is making it difficult to distribute aid throughout the typhoon ravaged country. This is easy to see in the numerous hospitals lacking the supplies to support the sick and injured. At this point, any bit of support counts.

If you would like to support those who have been affected by Haiyan, feel free to visit the links below.

The American Red Cross @ www.redcross.org

UNICEF@ www.unicef.org

The American Red Cross also provides a family tracking service if you are unable to contact family members in the Philippines.